Introducing the city

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About Valencia

Valencia is Spain's third largest city situated on the country's east coast and provides an unforgettable city break with excellent cuisine, futuristic architecture and captivating culture leading its draws.

Valencia is home to paella - and much like Spain’s most favourable dish - this fascinating city provides a mix of tasty ingredients. With a population of around 800,000, Valencia is the third largest city in the country and considered one of the most liveable too. Situated on Spain’s east coast, it's a tourism hotspot for those looking for the buzz of a city with the addition of a nearby coastline to relax. Plus, it’s got an even more appetising events calendar including the renowned Las Fallas in March.

While Valencia offers history and culture in its age-old attractions and the cobbled streets engulfing the central plazas, it also provides a modern touch thanks to innovative architecture at City of Arts and Science and a thriving sports scene with events like the F1 Grand Prix. Whether you want to party in the array of city bars and clubs, shop at Mercado Central or sunbath on a nearby beach, there’s something for every taste. And that even goes for the paella.

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When Should You Visit?

Late spring can be a good time to visit when crowds are few and temperatures reach around 21 degrees Celsius. However, for less chance of rain, wait until June.

The city experiences a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. In summer, temperatures regularly reach around 30 degrees Celsius, although a gentle sea breeze makes the heat bearable. Where as autumn can still remain very warm, October-December is the wettest time of year. Blue skies can still be seen in winter and even the coldest month of the year, January, can see temperatures up to 16 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

Paella
Bus Tour
Tourist Card

Insider Info

  • You can enjoy the best paella of your life in this city but it’s best served fresh so avoid restaurants that display large pictures of the dish and serve it after 5pm, as paella is typically eaten at lunch. Also, most places require a minimum of two servings so if it’s only you eating, it’s more than likely your paella is being reheated rather than freshly prepared (unless you’re ordering double).

  • On a time scale? The best way to see all the city sights in one hit is to take a double decker bus tour lasting one hour - you’ll have a multi-lingual audio system complete with eight languages.

  • To save a few Euros, get a Valencia Tourist Card giving you discounts to many museums, shops and attractions, as well as unlimited travel.

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.19 | 9.75 €

3-Course Meal £25.19 | 30.00 €

Cappuccino £1.23 | 1.46 €

Beer £1.68 | 2.00 €

The Scene

The gastronomy in Valencia is renowned throughout the country, mainly because Spain’s most famous dish, paella, was born here and you can find many different varieties including the city’s favourite ‘Paella Valenciana’. Other fare typical of the city includes many other country-wide delicacies such as Spanish omelette, calamari, fartons (confectionary sweets) and bunuelos (fried dough balls). To go with your food, why not enjoy an Agua De Valencia (a cocktail first produced in this city with gin, orange juice, vodka and champagne). And for a lively night on the town, head for the popular nightlife hub of Barrio Del Carmen.

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History

Valencia’s Story

Valencia was founded in 138 BC and Roman foundations where laid down until the city experienced a period of decline before falling under the Muslim Empire between the 8th and 13th centuries, when the city had an explosion of agriculture, science and art. Next to take over the city was King Jaime I of Aragon who banished the Muslims and created an independent Valencia Kingdom.

Soon after in the 14th and 15th centuries, a period known as ‘the golden age of Valencia’ saw the rise of the bourgeois class and the city prospered in culture, arts and economic expansion. But this was short lived as over the next 200 years, Valencia was on the decline, riddled by plagues and under religious strains when Catholicism reached out to parts of the city.

Things were soon to pick up again with silk trade boosting the economy in the 18th century and a period of industrialisation and expansion in the 19th. Despite a civil war in the 20th, Valencia was turned into a major agricultural city in Spain and in the last 30-40 years in particular, the city has enjoyed an acceleration of development resulting in it becoming a huge tourist destination today.

Language

Hola | Hello
Gracias | Thank you

Spanish

There are two official languages spoken here, Spanish and Valencian; the second of which is a dialect of Catalan. Although the predominant language is Spanish, the local government look to honour the use of the local language putting signs and new street names in Valencian. Words are usually very similar but have minor differences in spelling so be aware of this when looking for a place name. Regardless of this, English is widely spoken and understood in the main tourist areas. However, it may be a good idea to learn some Spanish basics:

  • Please: Por favor
  • Excuse me: Disculpe
  • Do you speak English?: Habla usted Inglés?

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Need to know

+34 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Large tips aren't expected but rounding up the bill is polite.
  • There is a reliable metro system which will take you to the main points of interest.
  • Valencia is a walkable city, or bicycles are a good option.
  • Pickpockets have been known to operate around the central plazas.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Spain here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. City of Arts

Visit the City of Arts and Science with its futuristic architecture and attractions that include a Science Museum and an aquarium.

2. History

Explore the historical attractions such as the Valencia Cathedral and Torres de Serranos.

3. Coastline

Head for the coast and relax on one of the city’s beaches or enjoy watersports further along the coastline.

4. Restaurants

Discover local restaurants down cobbled streets surrounding the central plazas and eat delicious paella.

5. Festival

Experience the internationally acclaimed Fallas (festival of fire) if you’re here in March.


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